ERIC Number: ED186332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-27
Reference Count: N/A
Report to the President: President's Commission on the Holocaust.
President's Commission on the Holocaust, Washington, DC.
On November 1, 1978, President Carter established the President's Commission on the Holocaust and charged it with the responsibility of deciding what might constitute an appropriate national memorial to all those who had perished in the Holocaust. This publication is the report of that Commission which consisted of 34 members including survivors, lay and religious leaders of all faiths, historians, scholars, and congressmen. The Holocaust was a crime unique in the annals of human history, different not only in the quantity of violence--the sheer numbers killed--but in its manner and purpose as a mass criminal enterprise organized by the state against defenseless civilian populations. Remembering the Holocaust can instill caution, fortify restraint, and protect against future evil or indifference. The Commission made recommendations for memorials. First, a National Holocaust Memorial Museum which will present the Holocaust through pictorial accounts, films, and other visual exhibits shall be built in Washington D.C. Secondly, an Educational Foundation dedicated to the pursuit of educational work through grants, extension services, joint projects, research, and exploration of issues raised by the Holocaust shall be founded. Thirdly, the Commission recommends that a Committee on Conscience composed of distinguished moral leaders in America be appointed. This Committee would receive reports of genocide anywhere in the world. Additional recommendations included observance of "Days of Remembrance," ratification of the Genocide Convention, prosecution of Nazi war criminals in America, and the maintenance of Jewish cemeteries abroad. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: President's Commission on the Holocaust, Washington, DC.